Sen. Leland Yee introduces Cow Palace bill to give San Francisco, Daly City stronger voice on board 

In an attempt to give locals more of a say as to what goes on at the Cow Palace, a piece of legislation introduced by a local politician would rearrange the famous arena’s board of directors to include more local flavor.

Introduced by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 249 would require that four of the nine Cow Palace Board of Director seats be reserved for San Francisco and Daly City residents. The mayors of each respected city would appoint two board members apiece.

But despite the bill passing the state Senate on Thursday via a 30-9 bipartisan vote, SB 249 still needs to hurdle the Assembly before making it to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk — where it can be signed into law.

The push behind SB 249 stems from recent safety issues at Cow Palace events, such as raves, that have resulted in drug overdoses, hospitalizations and deaths, Yee said.

“SB 249 will ensure that our communities at least have a voice in the decision-making process, and will hopefully result in a safer, more sustainable venue,” Yee said in a press release.

The 70-acre arena, located on the San Francisco and Daly City border, is officially the 1-A District Agricultural Association — a state agency within the California Department of Food Agriculture’s Division of Fairs and Expositions.  

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